Please consider participating on a CoAPCR committee to impact the educational offerings in clinical research and your voice to the collaborative work of CoAPCR in supporting the work of academic programs in clinical research.  We aim to enhance the curricula of member programs to offer outcomes-based education that will promise highly competent graduates to support the clinical research enterprise worldwide.

How can you become involved in CoAPCR Committees?

The committees work in virtual teams exchanging information and documents.  Monthly and bi-monthly conference calls using an Internet connection enable presentations and exchange of documents.

Persons interested in the committee topics may join in these discussions by contacting our Secretary, Kathleen Thoma.  The results of committee efforts will be discussed during the CoAPCR's quarterly webconferences and at the annual meeting.

The work of CoAPCR is presently organized through the following committees:

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee reviews and consolidates information about the entire existing academic educational programs in clinical research, both in the U.S. and worldwide using the Membership Directory.   Persons serving on this committee are considering the costs, course offerings, settings, target student populations, information technology and logistics of each of these programs.  The aim is to engage all active academic programs as members in CoAPCR for the exchange of ideas, curricula and outcomes of graduates to best serve the growing research enterprise. 

The committee chair and contact is: Jessica Fritter (Vice President) 

By-Laws Committee

The By-Laws Committee works to ensure that by-laws are up to date and applicable to CoAPCR's current mission. 

The committee chair and contact is Doreen Lechner.

Website Committee

The Website Committee works to ensure that the CoAPCR website is up to date. The committee may be contacted through our Contact Form.

Nominations & Elections Committee

The Nominations & Elections Committee prepares a list of nominees for each elective office and organizes elections. The committee is composed of 3 members including the Immediate Past President, who serves as the chair. The committee may be contacted through our Contact Form.


The Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR) is a separate organization that is sponsored by COAPCR and functions under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Academic Programs.  This committee is represented by a Board of Directors composed of 6 academicians, 2 practitioners, 2 representatives of the COAPCR Supporting Membership, 1 public member, and 1 student member.  Individuals interested in serving on CAAPCR may apply in writing to the COAPCR Nominating Committee.  Board of Directors serve for 3 years, with the exception of student members who serve for 1 year.  Individuals interested in participating in the accreditation process by serving as self-study reviewers and site visitors may apply online on the CAAHEP website

The contact for this committee is: Stephen Sonstein, Chair, CAAPCR. 



  1. Jones, C.T., Parmentier, J., Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Lubejko, B., Pidd, H., Gladson, B., Browning, S. Defining competencies in clinical research: Issues in clinical research education. Research Practitioner. 2012. 13(3), 99-107.

  2. Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Jones, C.T. Workshop: Harmonization of core competencies across the clinical research enterprise to help enhance the quality of clinical trials and the personnel who conduct them.  In Program and Abstracts of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Drug Information Association, Philadelphia PA. 2012.

  3. Sonstein, S.A., Seltzer, J., Li, R., Jones, C.T., Silva, H., Daemen, E. Moving from compliance to competency: A harmonized core competency framework for the clinical research professional. Clinical Researcher. June 2014. 28(3); 17-23. DOI: 10.14524/CR-14-00002R1.1  Located at